The Best Taster Cruises this Autumn


Whether you are testing the waters before taking your first long cruise holiday or just want to treat yourself to a quick getaway, we have a selection of great taster cruise deals this Autumn. With a selection of cruises sailing from the UK and throughout Europe; Cruise1st can help you find the perfect little, last-minute cruise.

Amsterdam Mini Cruise

Sailing from the small Essex port of Tilbury, the Amsterdam Mini Cruise aboard the MS Marco Polo is a 2 night holiday taking in the Dutch capital. The cruise is perfect for first-timers to check whether they have their sea legs or not combined with a seven hour visit to Amsterdam, giving passengers more than enough time to explore the city’s canals, sights and famous coffee houses.

The MS Marco Polo is a small-sized cruise ship with a capacity of 800 passengers and a personal, friendly atmosphere. The ship includes many features found on larger vessels, giving first-timers the chance to experience many sea-faring traditions.

Amsterdam - Bert Kaufmann

Western Mediterranean from Rome

The Western Mediterranean cruise aboard the Norwegian Epic is a fantastic way to visit some of Europe’s most popular cities and destinations over a long weekend. Embarking from Rome, the cruise takes in Livorno, Cannes and Majorca before arriving in Barcelona 4 nights later. This cruise is perfect for passengers who want to experience the culture the cities of the Med have to offer.

The Norwegian Epic is one of the largest cruise ships on the open seas, offering incomparable luxury and elegance to all of the 4,000+ passengers on board.



As the name suggests, the sampler cruise from Royal Caribbean is ideal for first time cruisers, looking for an introduction to holidaying on the seas. For four nights, cruise passengers can enjoy the incredible array of activities and amenities available aboard the Independence of the Seas.

The Royal Caribbean team are dedicated to providing cruise holidays for people of all ages, tastes and interests; ensuring everybody finds their perfect cruise.

Independence of the Seas - Bernt Rostad

Belgian Escape

Make the short journey through the English Channel to Belgium for a short trip to one of the continent’s most westerly countries. The Belgian Escape cruise aboard the Cunard Queen Victoria visits the village of Zeebrugge, a subdivision of the beautiful city of Bruges. The cruise gives passengers the chance to explore the old city of Bruges, visiting famous sites such as the ancient belfry and the stunning examples of medieval architecture.

The Queen Victoria is a classically designed cruise ship which pays testament to the first golden age of cruising, offering ballroom dancing, fine dining and relaxed luxury.

Bruges - Wolfgang Staudt

Southampton to Hamburg

Hamburg is quickly developing a reputation as one of Germany’s most popular cities to visit thanks to the incredible beauty of the city streets and the welcoming locals. Food and drink fans will never be left wanting in this city brimming with incredible restaurants, bars and cafes. The cruise takes passengers aboard the famous Cunard Queen Mary 2.

Spending two nights at sea, the Queen Mary 2 arrives in Hamburg on the 3rd day, giving passengers the option to fly home from there or spend a few days exploring the beauty of the city.

Hamburg - Metro Centric

For a full selection of cruise holidays from Cruise1st, visit our website or call our expert sales team on 0808 2746 777.

Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credits: Bert Kaufmann, Bernt Rostad, Wolfgang Staudt, Metro Centric


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